I have a friend who has phenomenal luck. He can go to bingo on the off chance and win thousands. Pick an accumulator and all his horses romp home. Put in an insurance claim and get twice what he expected. Slip a coin in a slot machine and win the jackpot.
Me? If I didn't have bad luck I'd have no luck at all.
Then I received an email that said I had won $2.5 million dollars on the Global Lottery 2013.
Mine was one of 10 email addresses chosen at random world wide, said Dr Florence James, the Online Coordinator. She advised that I contact the Claims Supervisor Mr Chris Tambo at an email address in Hong Kong.
Of course I will. As soon as hell freezes over.
Fraud Watchers, a website that monitors internet scams, has a list of hundreds of similar Global Lottery fraudsters that ask you to make contact. Then they'll ask for a facilitation fee or work some other con. And if anyone is ever tempted to respond, Fraud Watchers has this advice: there is no such thing as an international lottery and most lotteries prohibit non-residents from playing. Plus, there is no such thing as an email lottery.
So that's scuppered my plans to buy a new car.
Then I won a bottle of wine.
This was at the Jacob's Well. Landlord Graham has a glass bowl on the bar into which customers are invited to drop their business card. One is drawn each week and the prize is a bottle of wine. Last week, I dropped in my card and was a winner at the first attempt. Which was nice.
The wine was top quality but Maria and I don't drink wine. Which is just my luck. We passed it on to a very grateful daughter.
They say that luck comes in threes and what do you know? I have just found three pound coins outside my front door. They probably fell out of my pocket in the first place but who cares. I've got them back. Is that lucky or what?
I think I'll give them to my friend and ask him to spend them on lottery tickets for me. You never know. This time I really could be lucky.